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Old 08-30-2007, 05:42 PM   #21
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Re: Is a doula worth the $$?

Originally Posted by tmfletch View Post
I agree... A doula is definitely worth it. She is there for you and only you- not baby, hospital staff, etc. I think I paid $250-300 for her. She was also new and not yet certified so we got a discount for that and the fact that she was our HypnoBabies instructor.

Do you mind my asking where you live for doulas to charge $900-1,000? That seems outrageous to me. (sorry if you are a doula and charge that much... )
How was your experience with a new doula? Did she still have a lot of techniques to help you out? My Midwife expressed these concerns to me about using my friend who of course is a new doula, so I'm just curious.

We live in the Seattle area which has a pretty high cost of living to start with. I thought the doula fees were outrageous too but after I read everything a doula does and what is covered in their fees, I feel $700-$900 is justifyable, it's just not something that we have the extra $$ for. Considering they are there from the beginning of labor to the very end which can last anywhere from 8-24 hrs, any childcare costs, food, their constant care and attention, post pardom care and follow up, gas etc. But I do agree, it is a lot of money!


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